Colorectal Surgery Services at Drexel Surgery
Colorectal surgeons at Drexel Surgery provide expert, compassionate, and technologically advanced care to patients with diseases of the intestines and anorectum. We are dedicated to working with our patients to ensure that they are completely satisfied with their care. We believe in the importance of education, so that our patients and physicians can make informed decisions together.
Colorectal Diseases Treated by Drexel Surgery
Bleeding, pain, discharge and itching are some of the most common complaints of patients with anorectal disease. Drexel's colorectal surgeons have extensive training and experience in the management of anorectal disease. Drexel colorectal surgeons treat anorectal disease with cutting-edge techniques such as transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD).
Bowel incontinence, or fecal incontinence, is when a person is unable to control his or her gas or stool. Symptoms can be mild, with occasional staining of undergarments, or severe, completely restricting the person's activity. Learn more about bowel incontinence.
Colorectal cancer screening
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in this country. Early detection is essential for preventing and treating colorectal cancer effectively. Screening is used to discover colorectal polyps, which are abnormal growths that if left in place, will eventually turn cancerous. Schedule a colonoscopy today!
According to the American Cancer Society, almost 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed this year. Nearly 60,000 people died last year because of the disease. Colorectal cancer begins in the inner lining of the large bowel, which is called the mucosa. Often, the cancer begins as a growth called a polyp. If the polyp is removed before the cells invade the deeper layers of the bowel wall, the cancer can potentially be prevented. If the cells have invaded the bowel wall, then it is called a cancer. Some people can have symptoms of rectal bleeding, weight loss, and abdominal pain, although most people do not have any symptoms. Learn more about colorectal cancer.
Drexel colorectal surgeons offer laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches to cancer treatment including transanal endoscopic resection.
Variation in bowel habits is normal for most people. However, there are some people who have chronic constipation despite the use of supplemental fiber, laxatives and even enemas. Learn more about constipation.
Diverticulosis of the colon is a common condition that is found in 50 percent of Americans by age 60 and nearly all by age 80. Learn more about diverticular disease.
Familial polyposis and HNPCC
Familial adenomatous polyposis, or FAP, is an inherited disorder that accounts for about 1 to 3 percent of all colon cancers. HNPCC is hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, the most common known hereditary cause of colon cancer. HNPCC is caused when a person inherits a mutation in one of five different genes. HNPCC is not a form of cancer; it is a syndrome that puts people at a higher risk for developing colon cancer. People with HNPCC have a higher risk of colon cancer than the general population if they don't undergo early and regular screenings.
Inflammatory bowel disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD is a nonspecific inflammatory disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Learn more about Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn's Disease.
David E. Stein, M.D.
Juan Lucas Poggio, M.D., FACS, FASCRS
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.